5 signs you’re reading the Bible wrong

Growing up my nightly bedtime routine consisted of pulling down my black leather King James Bible and turning to Psalm 23 (I had heard that Psalm recited at several funerals, so I knew it had to be important). I eventually memorized it, but the truth of it never seeped into my heart.

I would pull out my Bible every night and then somehow manage to miss the entire point.

In short, I was reading the Bible wrong. You might not think there is a wrong way to do something “so right,” but there is. And here are a few ways to know if you are.

1. You Only Read the Bible for Information & Facts

If I were to tell you I know about Michael Jordan you probably wouldn’t be that impressed. A lot of people know abouthim — he’s the greatest basketball player of all time. However, if I were to tell you that I know Michael Jordan, your reaction might be a little different. Saying I knowhim would imply a relationship.

It’s only one word, but there’s a big difference between knowing aboutsomeone and knowing someone. The primary reason we’re given God’s Word is so that we might know Jesus, not just know about Him.

There’s nothing wrong with expanding your knowledge and learning interesting facts about the Bible, but if that’s the only reason you’re reading it — you’re reading it wrong.

You can know a lot about Jesus, but not truly know Him — and I say that from experience (see John 5:39).

2. You Read Out of Duty Rather Than Devotion

It’s easy to think that reading the Bible in a dutiful manner will earn you brownie points with God — but it won’t. God isn’t impressed by how many verses you read, how many neon highlights you make, or how many verses you post on Facebook. What God cares about is your heart.

So, the question is, are you opening your Bible to “earn” His approval? Or to discover His grace?

Are you studying scripture because you feel like you have to? Or because you want to learn more about His love?

Are you reading His Word to mark it off a checklist? Or are you reading to draw closer to His presence?

It all comes down to your motivations. Jesus desires heartfelt devotion, not religious duty.

3. You Read a Translation You Don’t Comprehend

Reading the Bible in a translation you don’t understand is like reading an IKEA instruction manual in another language. It doesn’t make any sense to do so.

There are literally hundreds of Bible translations available — ranging from paraphrase to word-for-word translation. If you don’t understand or comprehend all the thou’s, thy’s, and yea’s in the King James Version — check out a more modern translation.

When we get to Heaven I really don’t think you’ll earn any bonus points for what version you read. The best version to read is the version you understand best.

4. You Only Read to Argue with Other Christians

Social media mudslinging — you’ve seen it, I’ve seen it, we’ve all seen it. When it comes to Christians and social media, there’s no shortage of controversy. With outlets like Facebook and Twitter, we can share our opinions with the entire world in an instant. In some cases, this can be encouraging and beneficial. But over the past few years of writing online, I’ve had the unfortunate privilege of seeing countless Christians publicly destroy others.

Disagreements about doctrine, hit articles about worship style, hate comments about homosexuality — I’ve seen just about all of it.

As Christians, we’ll probably never come to a complete agreement on everything, but if all you get from reading the Bible is ammunition to attack other Christians — you guessed it, you’re reading it wrong.

5. You Cherrypick Bible Verses

The Bible is more than just a big book of inspirational verses and some do’s & don’ts. It’s a story. And like any story, it requires proper context. The Bible we hold in our hands today has been translated across multiple languages and was originally written in a culture much different than ours.

This is important to understand because without proper context you will ultimately read the Bible out-of-context. This potentially could mean reading verses like Genesis 9:4 or Leviticus 19:27 and deciding you should never eat a medium-rare steak again and refusing to cut the sides of your hair. Yikes!

The truth of Jesus is found throughout scripture — from Genesis to Revelation — but it’s vitally important to read it within the necessary context. If you’re not sure where to start, pick up a Study Bible and dig in. Here’s a free, online one if you’re interested —I’ve used it myself. It’s great

These aren’t the only Bible reading mistakes you can make, but they are a few good signs to watch out for. The Word of God is living and active. It’s filled with the life-changing truth of Jesus from cover to cover. But if you want to read it the “right” way, it simply means reading it know Jesus above all else.

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5 Ways Satan Speaks

I wrote about 5 Ways God Speaks: Creation, Scripture, the Spirit, Other Believers, Circumstances.

But beware that Satan counterfeits God’s voice:

1. He speaks by separating creation from God’s design, encouraging us to worship creation instead of Creator, defending animals but not unborn babies, worshiping sex outside God’s design, promoting evolution (Romans 1:18-32; 2 Peter 3:3-7).

2. He speaks by misrepresenting God’s Word, twisting, cutting, pasting, and misusing it (Matthew 4:1-11, esp. v.6).

Satan’s tricks, Satan twists Scripture3. He offers a fake version of godliness, using false definitions of love to persuade us to accept our culture’s moral values and do things against God’s Word (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).

4. He speaks through people, watering down the Gospel, persuading us to take the easy way, to put self first (1 Corinthians 15:33; Ephesians 5:6).

5. He speaks through circumstances, opening doors of temptation (Genesis 3:1-7).

Our safeguards:
Be Alert – 1 Peter 5:8
Wear God’s full Armor (testing everything with the Sword of Truth) – Ephesians 6:10-18
Look for God’s way – 1 Corinthians 10:13
Bible Study

Satan is a liar
1. I encourage you to review the Bite Size Study Anatomy of a Temptation, highlighting some of Satan’s strategies with Eve.

2. I encourage you to review the Bible Love Note 3 of Satan’s Tricks, highlighting some of Satan’s strategies with Christ.

3. Ask God how you can apply this passage to your life in practical ways. In what ways can you be more alert and sober minded to the strategies of Satan?

1 Peter 5:8: Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Standing in the Gap

Whole book reading: Leviticus 21-23

Standing in the gap involves a lifestyle of setting ourselves apart and protecting our bodies which is the temple of the living God. The lifestyle the priests had to live, as mentioned in Leviticus, is one of honour and of a reverential task. In those days, the Lord chose to meet the people in the tent of the meeting and He dwelt in the most holy place which was accessible only by the high priest once a year. When the high priest entered the Holy of Holies, he had to have a string tied to his leg with bells attached. The sound of bells would cease if the high priest died in the Holy of Holies and he could be pulled out, as nobody else could enter the Holy of Holies.

The time Jesus died for our sins, the temple curtains which divided the holy place from the Holy of Holies, was torn into two from top to bottom so that, anyone could enter, see the most holy place. Jesus bridged the gap being the lamb for our sins and the high priest who lead us into the Holy of Holies.

The book of Leviticus helps us understand Christ’s role as a lamb and His role as a priest. From being the most boring book in the Bible, Leviticus has become my favorite book as every time I read it, I understand the love God has for me and that He came for me to stand in the gap. Just as Christ stood in the gap, He wants us to stand in the gap on behalf of our fellow beings.

In today’s world, how can we stand in the gap

Help people know about Christ through our lifestyle.
Helping people understand the Bible, in its simplicity and relevance.
Being available to be channels where God can touch lives.
Praying for those whom God has put a burden in our hearts.
We are not standing in the gap when

Our attitude is about what we do rather than what God wants to achieve.
We are judgmental rather than being loving to those around us.
When we try to enforce our beliefs on others.
Life is about standing in the gap.

Please God

I found this interesting. You may too:

There was a Pastor who had a Choir team and the Choir was the Best Team ever in his Mind. People would not afford to miss their Ministration during Service and at Conferences.

The Pastor died 3 days before the Youth conference. So the Pastor Cried out to God that he could not Miss the day his Choir was singing and God said you can’t go back on earth but the day your choir will be Ministering, I will grant you the Chance to see them Singing on Earth.

So the day came and God fulfilled His promise to the Pastor. What shocked the Pastor was that he could only hear two Female and one Male voice amongst the whole choir.
He asked God why am I Hearing only Three person Voice yet people are rejoicing with the way they are singing…and God replied, ” here in Heaven we only hear the Voices of those who sing in Truth and in Spirit, also in Right Standing with my Word…”.
The Pastor Cried and said what about my Wife and Others?
God replied,” they are doing it for Prestige not for my Sake, so only those on Earth Rejoice but the Heavens are not Moved by that.

So its a lesson for you Worshippers…. Do not please Man but your Father who sees the Heart, who sees Every place you are, who sees your Commitment at His Works.

*Pass this to other Worshippers especially Groups, it’s faster.*
*John 4:23-24.*

Couples of Bible

Adam and Eve: Ideal Companions
Beyond stereotypes and parodies, this story reveals God’s original plan for human marriage and demonstrates how sin has distorted it. Can you recognize both God’s plan and sin’s distortion in your marriage?
Genesis 2:153:13
Abraham and Sarah: Waiting Together
Sometimes life puts you and your spouse on “hold,” waiting for children, a job, of home of your own, a resolution of conflict with extended family members. How can you cultivate patience in marriage?
Genesis 17:1-8, 15-22; 21:1-7
Isaac and Rebekah: How God Makes a Match
This story highlights how God brings people together and affirms marriage partnerships–often in surprising and creative ways. How does God direct you in significant relationships?
Genesis 24:26-67
Jacob and Rachel: Love Endures
People make all sorts of mistakes in relationships–lies, favoritism, manipulation, even revenge. What mistakes have you made or experienced? How has love endured in spite of marital turmoil?
Genesis 29:1-30
Boaz and Ruth: Faithfulness Rewarded
God rewards faithfulness, whether in one person or in a whole nation. What rewards have you experienced because of your faithfulness in a relationship?
Ruth 2:1-13; 4:1-17
Elkanah and Hannah: Dealing with Disappointment
How do you deal with disappointment? Would you like to handle disappointment differently? This story shows how couples can help each other look to God during difficult seasons of life.
1 Samuel 1
David and Abigail: Wise Intervention
When should you intervene in someone else’s life–especially your husband or wife? When do you wish someone would intervene with you? How can you hear God’s wisdom through the voice of another person?
1 Samuel 25:14-42
Hosea and Gomer: Unconditioned Love
This story takes you to the edge of what it means to love unconditionally. Have you been forgiven by your spouse? Can you forgive him or her? What holds you back? How can God lead you forward?
Hosea 1 and 3
King Xerxes and Esther: Courageous Influence
Like it or not, you influence the people around you, especially those closest to you. How can you be a positive, godly influence on your spouse? And what might be the risks and rewards?
Esther 4:15:8

Couples of Bible

Adam and Eve: Ideal Companions
Beyond stereotypes and parodies, this story reveals God’s original plan for human marriage and demonstrates how sin has distorted it. Can you recognize both God’s plan and sin’s distortion in your marriage?
Genesis 2:153:13
Abraham and Sarah: Waiting Together
Sometimes life puts you and your spouse on “hold,” waiting for children, a job, of home of your own, a resolution of conflict with extended family members. How can you cultivate patience in marriage?
Genesis 17:1-8, 15-22; 21:1-7
Isaac and Rebekah: How God Makes a Match
This story highlights how God brings people together and affirms marriage partnerships–often in surprising and creative ways. How does God direct you in significant relationships?
Genesis 24:26-67
Jacob and Rachel: Love Endures
People make all sorts of mistakes in relationships–lies, favoritism, manipulation, even revenge. What mistakes have you made or experienced? How has love endured in spite of marital turmoil?
Genesis 29:1-30
Boaz and Ruth: Faithfulness Rewarded
God rewards faithfulness, whether in one person or in a whole nation. What rewards have you experienced because of your faithfulness in a relationship?
Ruth 2:1-13; 4:1-17
Elkanah and Hannah: Dealing with Disappointment
How do you deal with disappointment? Would you like to handle disappointment differently? This story shows how couples can help each other look to God during difficult seasons of life.
1 Samuel 1
David and Abigail: Wise Intervention
When should you intervene in someone else’s life–especially your husband or wife? When do you wish someone would intervene with you? How can you hear God’s wisdom through the voice of another person?
1 Samuel 25:14-42
Hosea and Gomer: Unconditioned Love
This story takes you to the edge of what it means to love unconditionally. Have you been forgiven by your spouse? Can you forgive him or her? What holds you back? How can God lead you forward?
Hosea 1 and 3
King Xerxes and Esther: Courageous Influence
Like it or not, you influence the people around you, especially those closest to you. How can you be a positive, godly influence on your spouse? And what might be the risks and rewards?
Esther 4:15:8

What can God not do?

Evangelist R. W. Schambach writes:
“I will never forget, the greatest miracle I ever witnessed began with an offering. It happened under the ministry of Brother A. A. Allen.
I was with this man of God for about five years in the fifties. . .”
“. . . . A woman brought her child, who had twenty-six major diseases, to our meeting. I’ll never forget this as long as I live.

The boy was born blind, deaf and mute. Both arms were crippled and deformed. His elbows protruded up into his little tummy; his knees touched his elbows. Both legs were crippled and deformed; he had club feet. When he was born, his doctors said that boy would never live to see his first birthday, but they were wrong; he was approaching four years of age. Of course, his condition was breaking his mama’s heart. She came to our meetings all week, and I got concerned about that boy. In those crusades, we had each person with a need fill out a prayer card, and as the Holy Spirit moved, we would pray for the needs God inspired us to pray for. And the Holy Spirit didn’t seem to be moving us to pray for that little boy.”
“The following Sunday, his mother came to me and said, ‘Brother Schambach, I’m down to my last twenty dollars. I’ve paid the hotel bill, but we’ve been eating in the restaurant, coming to three services a day and giving in every offering. All the money has run out. My baby has not been prayed for.’ She was very upset, and she was ready to give up and go home.”

“I said ‘Ma’am, I can’t apologize for the moving of the Holy Ghost. I know you have to leave tonight, but if you come to the service and, once again, the Holy Spirit leads in another direction, and your son’s prayer card is not drawn for prayer, I will personally take your baby to the man of God’s trailer house and see that he lays hands on your baby. You will not leave disappointed.’ And I meant that from my heart.” “That night I came out, and I led the singing in that evening service. Then I introduced Brother A. A. Allen, and he came bouncing out on that platform and said ‘Tonight we’re going to receive an offering of faith.’ I had never heard him use that expression before, and I saw eyebrows lift all over the congregation. He went on, ‘Now, if you don’t know what I mean when I say an ‘offering of faith,’ I mean for you to give God
something you cannot afford to give. That’s a good definition, isn’t it? If you can afford it, there’s no faith connected to it. So give Him something you can’t afford to give.'” “As soon as Brother Allen said that, I saw that boy’s mother leap out into the aisle and come running. Three thousand people were watching her in that Birmingham Fairgrounds Arena as she threw something in that offering bucket. I never saw anybody in such a hurry to give, and, I confess, I was nosy. I came down off that platform to see what she had given. You know what I saw in that bucket? A twenty dollar bill.”

“I knew that was all she had. She had told me that. She had driven from Knoxville, Tennessee, to the meeting in Birmingham, Alabama. She didn’t know how she was going to get home or what she was going to use to feed herself and her baby on the way. I went behind the platform and wept. I prayed, ‘Lord, I’ve been trying to teach that woman faith all week. But now I’m asking You to give me faith like she’s got!'”

“. . . Brother Allen went on and collected the offering and launched into his sermon. But about fifteen minutes into his message he stopped and said, ‘I’m being carried away in the Spirit.'” “I said to myself, ‘Here we go again on another trip.’ This is how God used him: he said he could see what the Holy Spirit wanted to communicate to him like he was watching it on a television screen. He would describe it as he saw it. That night he said, ‘I’m being carried away to a huge white building. Oh, it’s a hospital.’ Of course, I heard this kind of thing every night that I worked with Brother Allen so I was sitting there unmoved.” “Then he said, ‘I’m inside the hospital, and there’s no doubt in my mind where I’m heading because I hear all these babies crying.

It’s a maternity ward. I see five doctors around a table. A little baby has been born. The baby was born with twelve, no, sixteen, no, twenty-six diseases.'”

“When he said that, I started getting chill bumps up and down my spine. I said, ‘Oh, my God, tonight’s that baby’s night!” “Brother Allen continued, ‘Twenty-six diseases. The doctors said he’d never live to see his first birthday, but that’s not so. That boy is approaching four. Now I see the mother packing a suitcase.

They are going on a trip. Another lady’s with her. The baby’s in a bassinet. It’s in the back seat of an old Ford. They’re driving down the highway. I see the Alabama/Tennessee border. That automobile is driving in the parking lot. Lady you’re here tonight. Bring me that baby! God’s going to give you twenty-six miracles.'” “That woman came running again for the second time that night. She put the baby in Brother Allen’s arms. I jumped up to stand beside him, and everybody in the audience, 3,000 strong, was standing. Brother Allen must have wanted to be sure that the audience was agreeing in faith for the miracle because he said, ‘Everybody, close your eyes.’ But I thought, ‘Not me, mister. I’m going to be scriptural on this one. I’m going to watch and pray. I’ve been waiting for this all week. ‘” “That little boy’s tongue had been hanging out of his mouth all week. The first thing I saw as Brother Allen prayed was that tongue snapped back in the mouth like a rubber band. For the first time in four years, the little guy’s tongue was in his mouth. I saw two little whirlpools in his eyes, just a milky color. You couldn’t tell whether he had blue or brown or what color of eyes.

But during the prayer, that whirlpool ceased, and I saw two brand new brown eyes! I knew God had opened his eyes, and if God opened the eyes, I knew He had unstopped the deaf ears.” “Then those little arms began to snap like pieces of wood; and for the first time, they stretched out. The legs cracked like wood popping. All of sudden, I saw God form toes out of those club feet as easily as child forms something with silly-putty. The crowd was watching by this time going wild! I have never seen any people shout and rejoice so much in all my life.”

“I saw that baby placed on his feet, and he began to run for the first time in his life. He had never seen his mama before, never said a word, but he began running across the platform and I was running right after him to catch him. He leaped into his mama’s arms, and I heard him say his first word, ‘Mama.'”
” . . . . The following Saturday after his healing, I received a special delivery letter from his mother. . . She said ‘Brother Schambach, I took the baby to the hospital Monday morning, and the doctors won’t give him back. They kept him all week. They have called in every doctor from all over the country who has had anything to do with the case. They have pronounced my baby cured of twenty-six major diseases.’ Of course, we went on to get the copies of the affidavits from the doctors certifying that boy’s life was a genuine miracle.”

“Her letter continued, ‘You remember that last Sunday when I told you all I had was twenty dollars? God knows that was the truth.

But when that man of God said to give something you can’t afford, I leaped into the aisle. The moment I hit that aisle, for the first time in my life I heard the devil talk. The devil told me, ‘You can’t give that; that’s not yours. Fifteen dollars of that goes to the doctor. Five dollars is for gas to get home.’ The faster I ran, the faster he talked. But as soon as I turned loose of that money, he stopped talking.’

“‘Brother Schambach, all you saw was those twenty-six miracles, but there is one you don’t know anything about. After you were gone, people were staying there. They wanted to see the baby and see what God had done. People shook hands with me. When one lady shook my hands, I felt a folded piece of paper between my palms. I opened it up and saw it was a twenty dollar bill. As I shook hands with the people who had lined up, every one of them had a folded paper in their hand. I went into the ladies room and counted $235!'”

THE ABOVE EXCERPT WAS TAKEN FROM
Schambanch, R. W.

Who says yours is impossible?

GIVE IT A TRY TODAY AND YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

Please Share if you are touched by this testimony to help the faith of your contacts.
GOD BLESS YOU. AMEN